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Roses and thorns 11-1-09

Posted 10/31/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mississippi University for Women nursing department;and vandals who have damaged or stolen more than $750 in autumn decorations in downtown Columbus

Birney Imes: Cooking from the soul

Posted 10/31/2009 in Local Columns

“You have a Mr. Beauregard R. here to see you.” It was Felicia in the front office. Beauregard or “Beau” was in town visiting a friend and I’d invited them for lunch on Thursday. He lives in St. Augustine, Fla., and is a painter.

 

Costs and losses

Those who support changing the name of MUW to Reneau University are missing a critical link in the Profit-Loss-Costs equation..

 

Steve Mullen: Amid wrestling over MUW’s name, the 900-pound tag team in the room

Posted 10/28/2009 in Local Columns

As the need to reach a consensus on a new identity for Mississippi University for Women becomes ever more urgent and more dire, I find it pleasing to imagine all the different sides of the debate crowded face to face, in one arena, going at it. I can picture a wrestling ring — or better yet, a cage match.

Roses and thorns 10/25/09

Posted 10/24/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Mississippi University for Women for bringing us another year of the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, held at the college last week. Each October, the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy sponsors the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium to honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

 

Name makes town look ignorant

If an institution is a private one, then its passionate supporters can call that institution whatever they want.

 

 

Time to speak out

I have been amused by the constant criticism that MUW’s enrollment issues are the result of poor marketing and inept admissions personnel.

 

Birney Imes: A call for unity

Posted 10/24/2009 in Local Columns

Our Wednesday editorial on name change at Mississippi University for Women has drawn a flurry of online responses from many of the usual suspects. In that editorial, we again urged lawmakers and the public to proceed with a name change and to go with Reneau University, the name chosen through a long and painstaking process.

 

Change the name and ‘let’s move on’

For the past year, I have been watching the MUW name change drama unfold from the comfort of my porch on College Street. I have heretofore kept my opinions to myself because I am a business owner in a small town, and the last thing we want to do is write letters and ruffle feathers. However, the last few articles in The Commercial Dispatch have spurred me to action.

 

 

Former W student and prof supports Reneau

I am writing this letter to say that I strongly support the proposed new name, Reneau University for MUW. I am a graduate of MSCW, now MUW, Class of 1945. I taught in the Art Department at MUW from 1949 to 1985.

 

 

MUW: Stay the course on name change

Posted 10/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As each day passes, the discussion surrounding the renaming of Mississippi University for Women more resembles the Abbott and Costello comedy skit, “Who’s on First?”

 

 

MUW writers’ symposium an invigorating event

I just wanted to remind readers that the MUW Writers' Symposium is this Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and Friday (all day) on the MUW campus. I attended last year for the first time and was really knocked over by the entire event. I had incorrectly assumed that it was something just for very literary people and it is not. It offers a personal glimpse of the authors' creative processes and is often humorous, emotional, thought-provoking and just plain fun.

 

 

Thanks for the help

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank three gentlemen at Caledonia for going the extra mile in helping with the Caledonia Day preparation. It takes many committee members and a lot of hard work to prepare for this big event in Caledonia and everyone, including these men, have done a marvelous job in getting this together this year.

 

 

A big thank you

On behalf of the town of Caledonia, I would like to say a big “Thank You” to all the sponsors, vendors, stage performers, street performers, and especially to all the people who showed up for another successful Caledonia Day.

 

Steve Mullen: Hang on to your butts: Where there’s smokes, there’s fire

Posted 10/21/2009 in Local Columns

There’s gonna be a huge warehouse sale in Tupelo next week — and it ain’t on furniture. The state Tax Commission seized an estimated $20 million worth of smokes in a tax raid in April, and on Oct. 27, it plans to auction off its contraband to the highest bidders.

Roses and thorns 10-18-09

Posted 10/18/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Organizers of a plethora of events and festivals over the weekend; David Bouchard; Heritage Academy students, parents and alumni; and Starkville citizens

Birney Imes: Three encounters

Posted 10/18/2009 in Local Columns

Two sisters Sunday a week ago in front of the Catholic Church in the drizzling rain two Korean women were gathering the fruit from the Ginkgo trees lining College Street. The women are sisters. They live in Tuscaloosa. The older one is wearing gloves; the younger one is using tongs. They have just come from Reese Orchards in Sessums where they have been picking persimmons, a fruit popular with Asians.

Steve Mullen: Caught in the middle

Posted 10/14/2009 in Local Columns

There comes a time for all of us when we finally feel our age. I turned 39 a few weeks ago. This is a birthday no one wants to celebrate. It’s much like 29, but 10 years worse. I recall, incredulously, that once, I actually wished to be older. Now, I want the clock to turn back, or at least slow down for a precious minute or two.

 

Four cases of bad judgment

Posted 10/13/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

The decision by a sitting town mayor, a former state representative and two Lowndes County legislators to join a petition for a change of venue in a local capital murder case is a cautionary tale about the intersection of justice and politics. It is also a flagrant example of bad judgment by four men who should know better.

 

 

Voting for what is best for the town

First of all I would like to say thank you to all the voters of Caledonia that elected me as alderman. I am glad to have your vote of confidence and support.

 

 

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